Ciaran Clark

Date of Birth: 26 September 1989
Place of Birth: London, England
Nationality: Republic of Ireland
Position: Defender
Year Signed: 2000
Signed From: YTS

Despite growing up in the Capital Ciaran Clark came through the academy at Aston Villa after joining the club at just 11. He captained both the u-18 side to the 2007–08 Premier Academy League title and the reserves to the Premier Reserve League South title.

Despite being named as a substitute in Villa’s 2008–09 UEFA Cup match away at CSKA Moscow, he was an unused substitute. His first team debut come one season later, 30th August 2009, in a 2-0 win over Fulham he partnered Carlos Cuéllar in defence. He received praises from all around including being named in the BBC’s Garth Crooks team of the week. Despite spending most of the season on the substitute bench he has been tipped for big things in the future, even briefly being linked with a move to Manchester United.

It was the 2010-11 season that Ciaran began to make a real name for himself managing 4 goals in 21 appearances. As the season went on Clark was used as a centre back, left full back and a defensive midfielder. He also scored a 91st minute equaliser against Chelsea in a 3-3 game, giving Villa a share of the points.

Despite representing England at all levels from u17 to u20’s he opted to play for the Republic of Ireland as he qualified through his Irish parents. He made his debut on the 8th February 2011 against Wales at the Aviva Stadium.

On 8 September 2012 after captaining Villa’s youth and reserve sides, Ciaran was handed the captain’s armband after Gabriel Agbonlahor (who started the match as captain) was substituted. Clark then followed up on his captain role but this time for a full 90 minutes, 3 days later in a 4-1 victory over Norwich City in the League Cup.

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